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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Mar 28, 2010 3:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Grandmothers and guitars

Talking about guitar playing in an interview Henry Kaiser said this:

'Don't try to be somebody else. Your grandmother should be able to recognize your playing if she heard it on the radio.'

So who's guitar playing would you say is distinctive enough to pass the grandma test? We'll take Garcia as a given, so I'll over up these suggestions to start things rolling:

Henry Kaiser himself
Richard Thompson
Leo Kottke
George Harrison
Derek Trucks
Carlos Santana

Who else comes to mind?

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Mar 28, 2010 6:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grandmothers and guitars

David Gilmour
(sorry I missed that Rich got this one already)

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Mar 28, 2010 5:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grandmothers and guitars

bob weir, FRANK ZAPPA, ritchie blackmore...John Lennon...alex lifeson, brian may, JORMA Kaukonen, David Gilmour...





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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Mar 29, 2010 7:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grandmothers and guitars

Paco De Lucia
Pat Metheny
Wes Montgomery

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Mar 29, 2010 8:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grandmothers and guitars

Just the sort of tasteful selections I'd expect from the Compound. Has anyone mentioned Roger McGuinn and Dick Dale yet?

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Mar 29, 2010 9:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grandmothers and guitars

They just did.

Excellent candidates.

I could throw out any Bobbie slide solo, but that would be too low even for me...

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Mar 30, 2010 10:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grandmothers and guitars

Pat Metheny
Eric Johnson
Doc Watson
Chet Atkins
Tommy Emmanuel
Les Paul
Joe Satriani
Stanley Clarke
Jaco Pastorius



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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Mar 30, 2010 10:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grandmothers and guitars

Hi Rick - how's the garden growing now spring is officially here?

I'm going to make the possibly embarrassing confession that I hadn't heard of Tommy Emmanuel before. I've just been looking at a couple of the YouTube clips linked from his website and you can certainly count me impressed - that's one guy with a lot of talent. I'm guessing I owe you a vote of thanks, Namor!

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Poster: high flow Date: Mar 30, 2010 10:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grandmothers and guitars

Hey Rob - I've seen Tommy Emmanuel live several times. The guy is nothing short of phenomenal.

2 hours, 1 man, 1 guitar and 1 mesmerized audience.

http://www.sierranevada.com/bigroom/videohighlights.html

Check out Boogie 101. The Ford Brothers clip isn't bad either.

My home venue!! Drool my friends, drool.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Mar 30, 2010 10:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grandmothers and guitars

Damn, flow, you're a fortunate guy.

I wish those clips were longer. I particularly didn't want the Guy Clark one to end so soon. He's one very talented songwriter.

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Poster: high flow Date: Mar 30, 2010 11:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grandmothers and guitars

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBEbYXa6Cik

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Mar 30, 2010 10:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grandmothers and guitars

Hey Rob -

Look for his "Guitar Boogie" clip on You Tube. There are several versions, all are mind numbing. Just before Chet Atkins died he said the Tommy Emmanuel was a "Certified Guitar Player". Seems to me to be a pretty high honor bestowed by one qualified to do so.

We are having 5 yards of compost/topsoil delivered this weekend to top off the beds and get to planting. The Farmer's Almanac says the last frost for our area ia 5 April - we are gambling that it has already happened. Mrs. Mando is going nuts with her herb garden again this year - but I'm not complaining. She uses it in everything she cooks. There's something about eating food that's only a few minutes old that is really rewarding.

Our bok choy finally bolted last weekend and we have flower stalks that are about 3 feet high - real pretty tiny yellow blooms. We are going to let them go to seed and pick some seed for next fall. I thought the leaves would taste bitter after flowering but they are real tender and sweet.

The broccoli is about done, as is the cabbage but we have more mustard greens than I know what to do with. I have been taking 4-5 full grocery bags of fresh cut mustard greens and bok choy to work for the past couple of days. I have been trading for future delivery of habanero and jalapeno peppers for my West African Nuclear Death Salsa (I have a friend in Winston-Salem who grows African Bird's Eye peppers that make a habanero taste like a marshmallow).

We are also planting 4 (more) different kinds of thyme and oregano, along with some grape and watermelon salvia to attract the bees and hummingbirds.

In short order, Mrs. mando will have our backyard set up as our "Fortress of Solitude"

I'll keep you posted on how things develop. Mrs. Mando will be documenting everything on her FlickR account so I'll periodically post the link.

On a separate note, I had breakfast with Jim Glynn Saturday - he was passing through on his way to South Carolina with the family for Spring Break. What a great bunch of kids. We took some pictures down on the oceanfront and I'll get them loaded up soon.

Always nice to put a face to the names of people here in the Forum.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Mar 30, 2010 1:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grandmothers and guitars

Rick - thank you for this, I really enjoyed reading that post. Sounds to me like you live somewhere pretty much close to paradise. I hope I've said before how much I appreciate not only Mrs Mando's photographic talents, but also her talent in producing such wonderful produce to photograph in the first place. I'll look forward to seeing the coming year's harvest.

We've had miserable wet weather here recently (the lawn seems to be about 80 percent moss to 20 percent grass its so damp), or any time the sun has been shining I've been stuck in front of the computer, so nothing very much has been done in the garden so far. The compost heap has been dug out and distributed over the beds but that's about it.

Have to say, I like the sound of the West African Nuclear Death salsa, bet that makes for an entertaining meal.

It's nice to know you had an enjoyable visit with Jim - he's always struck me as being one of the forum's good guys.

If it's ok with you I'll drop you an email in the next couple of days, then maybe we can talk food and gardens and clear a little space in the forum for some music discussion. (Hah!)

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Mar 30, 2010 9:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grandmothers and guitars

Shoot me an email whenever you want. Discussing music, self-sufficient gardening, the economy, political imcompetence (redundant???) and Peak Oil really get me going.

Okay, so 2 out of 5 are pleasant discussion topics - hey if I played second base, a BA of .400 would put me in Cooperstown.

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Poster: yesss! Date: Mar 29, 2010 12:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grandmothers and guitars

cool thread, good responses. anyway, i think it kind of depends on what one note they play and what tone they use because, unless that one note happens to be that player's signature lick, one note is not much time to identify somebody- especially considering that anybody that recognizable has almost certainly had their tone/style copied. i think there may only be a few players that i could confidently identify in any context (not using the band to inform) off of just one note, then a whole bunch of others that may take an entire phrase or series of notes to confirm without a doubt. either way, here's some more recognizable pickers...

bonnie raitt
jerry garcia
bb king
mark knoffler
hendrix
django
albert collins
bill frisell
michael hedges
jerry douglas
vishma mohan bhatt
wah wah watson
adrian belew
andy summers
robert fripp
santana
dick dale
john scofield
neil young
zappa
trey
van halen
duane allman
john abercrombie
john mclaughlin
kevin eubanks
arto lindsay
marc ribot

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Poster: stealyourwife Date: Mar 28, 2010 5:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grandmothers and guitars

Django Reinhardt

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Poster: headgdhead Date: Mar 29, 2010 3:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grandmothers and guitars

Someone may have already mentioned Robert Randolph but to my ear he just has the most joyous sound going these days!

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Mar 28, 2010 4:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grandmothers and guitars

Eddie Van Halen
Micheal Hedges
Mark Knopfler

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Poster: dogsinapile! Date: Mar 28, 2010 5:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grandmothers and guitars

Tony Rice

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Mar 29, 2010 5:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grandmothers and guitars

jeff beck....should have been mentioned by now! tom petty, too.

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Poster: stealyourwife Date: Mar 28, 2010 4:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grandmothers and guitars

Keller Williams
Jerry Douglas
Dickey Bettes
Doc Watson
(old school original)
Merle Travis
(even older)
Mississippi John Hurt
Elizabeth Cotten

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Poster: portmcgroin Date: Mar 28, 2010 7:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grandmothers and guitars

Grant Green, Albert King, John Scofield, Robert Randolph, Wes Montgemery,Dan Auerbach,Charlie Hunter,Trey,Melvin Sparks,Buddy Guy and the list goes on

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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Mar 28, 2010 8:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grandmothers and guitars

Sonny Sharrock

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Poster: roughyed Date: Mar 29, 2010 1:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grandmothers and guitars

definitely Sharrock. There's some Spaces from the pre-midi 80s when Garcia's guitar really screeches out sax lines like Sharrock.
Bill Frissell, Vernon Reid, Ernest Ranglin and Robben Ford ... and ... Johnny Ramone?!

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Mar 29, 2010 5:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grandmothers and guitars

here's a definitive uniqueness.... THE EDGE!

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Poster: snori Date: Mar 29, 2010 11:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grandmothers and guitars

Bill Bailey's not impressed http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6Go2DK9VtQ&;feature=player_embedded

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Mar 29, 2010 12:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grandmothers and guitars

Thanks, snori.

I bet The Edge's grandma plays guitar better than he does.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Mar 28, 2010 9:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grandmothers and guitars

nice call on Sharrock.

I can pick out Nels Cline instantly.

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Mar 28, 2010 11:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grandmothers and guitars

neil young! what about walter becker, too!
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Poster: headgdhead Date: Mar 29, 2010 3:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grandmothers and guitars

I always thought of Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter as the guitarist of note when it came to the Dan.

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Poster: utopian Date: Mar 28, 2010 10:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grandmothers and guitars

Buddy guy
bb king
Trey

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Apr 2, 2010 5:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grandmothers and guitars

Johnny Thunders
Jimi Hendrix

edit: how could i have forgotten: Tom Verlaine, about as distinctive a sound/tone as one can get from a guitar

This post was modified by Arbuthnot on 2010-04-03 00:34:06

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Poster: high flow Date: Mar 28, 2010 6:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grandmothers and guitars

SRV
Charlie Baty
Willie Nelson(not a great picker, imo. But certainly recognizable)

BB King !!KING OF THE FUCKIN BLUES, THAT'S ALL!!

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Mar 29, 2010 5:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grandmothers and guitars

an obvious choice... duane allman

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Mar 28, 2010 4:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grandmothers and guitars

Al DiMeola

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Poster: Tidewater four ten O nine Date: Mar 28, 2010 6:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grandmothers and guitars

John Cipollina

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Mar 28, 2010 10:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grandmothers and guitars

oh ya

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Poster: Hal R Date: Mar 29, 2010 8:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grandmothers and guitars

he was the one I saw was missing until you mentioned him. Long live his memory. Have been listening to the show with QMS from the Kabuki Theater, I can put up with Dino to listen to John and Gary.

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Poster: Jerrob Hungar Date: Mar 29, 2010 6:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grandmothers and guitars

Now here's a Grandma who could play guitar.

http://calitreview.com/214

and a little british blues history

Listen to Ruby Turner tell her story on Radio 2 at

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00rl1t1

...available until tomorrow.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffbeep* Date: Mar 29, 2010 8:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grandmothers and guitars

Trying not to repeat anyone here, these folks seem to be left out so far.....
Mike Oldfield, Steve Hackett, Steve Howe, Andy Latimer, Huw Lloyd-Langton, Robby Krieger.
All very distinctly recognizable players.
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Poster: Hal R Date: Mar 29, 2010 8:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grandmothers and guitars

Missing from the list at least as far as I saw, Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker, Norman Blake, John Fahey, Peter Lang, Kaki King, Wes Montgomery, Blind Blake, John McLaughlin. Did anyone mention Jimmy Page? With all these greats Bloomfield should be mentioned, but it may take a couple of notes. Ry Cooder.

Nice choices from everyone, great thread.

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Poster: hippie64 Date: Mar 28, 2010 6:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grandmothers and guitars

Mark Knopfler, his dobro playing, very much distinctive for me, (and his g.ma i bet), his acoustic and electric pretty much the same. You call it the g.ma test thats funny, dig it.
I look at it like a fingerprint, those musicians you mentioned all put thier fingerpint on a note when played. I can usally pick Townshend out of a mix but I wouldn't put him in the group you have. For country fans Waylon Jennings puts that fingerprint on a note also, IMO.

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Poster: headgdhead Date: Mar 29, 2010 3:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grandmothers and guitars

Kal David of Illinois Speed Press and Fabulous Rhinestones fame. He's touring again so go see him, you won't regret it.

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Mar 28, 2010 11:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: hairstyles and attitudes

punky meadows

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Poster: gumby69 Date: Mar 29, 2010 9:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: hairstyles and attitudes

In all his pooched succulence! Oh Punky!

Frank Zappa
Bill Frissel
Johnny Winter
Hendrix
Santana

To name just a few.

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Poster: headgdhead Date: Mar 29, 2010 10:34am
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Lowell George

two degrees in bebop
a phd in swing
he's a master of rhythm
he's a rock n roll king

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Mar 29, 2010 3:48pm
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good call!!!!

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Poster: vapors Date: Mar 28, 2010 5:09pm
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Nils Lofgren

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Poster: AshesRising Date: Mar 28, 2010 6:12pm
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Clapton

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Poster: billydlions Date: Mar 28, 2010 4:59pm
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Jimmy Page

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Poster: rippley Date: Mar 29, 2010 11:52am
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Peter Green
Rory Gallagher
2 of the very finest

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Mar 29, 2010 3:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grandmothers and guitars

Rory Gallagher was unquestionably one of the nicest guys ever to strap on a Strat. He left us far too soon.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZaiYyn0BcM

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Poster: Hal R Date: Mar 29, 2010 8:01pm
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Was lucky enough to see him live in the mid 70's. Glad he is mentioned.

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Poster: rippley Date: Mar 29, 2010 5:29pm
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIO4z7Z4nq4&;feature=related

Rory fr****in Gallagher-this is a showman!